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Battle for Soul of the Republican Party Rages in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District

AMAC Exclusive By: Seamus Brennan

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Seven years after Dave Brat shocked the world by defeating sitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the future of the Republican Party will once again likely be determined by a debate that is raging right now in the GOP primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District (VA-07). The winner of the contest between establishment candidate Taylor Keeney and outsider Tina Ramirez will take on Democrat incumbent Abigail Spanberger next fall. Spanberger is widely regarded as among the most vulnerable House Democrats in 2022.  

The issue that has revealed the sharp divide between the two Republican candidates is the misleadingly titled “infrastructure” bill that was recently passed in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Despite the package’s emphasis on left-wing political projects, 19 Republican Senators voted for it—many of them aligned with McConnell’s “establishment” wing of the part.   

Many of these Senate Republicans have faced a sharp backlash from voters back home. Senator Lindsey Graham was censured by the Aiken County Republican Party, which said that Graham “consciously violated the platform of the South Carolina Republican Party.” Senator Deb Fischer was censured by Nebraska’s Hitchcock County GOP, which claimed that she “Violated the basic tenets of her publicly-asserted conservative principles” and “acted contrary to and with disregard for the repeatedly-stated financial concerns of her constituents.”

The Senate Republicans who voted no on the legislation have earned the praise of the conservative grassroots. As Senator Ted Cruz summed up the opposition in a statement, “Too many Republicans just enabled Democrats’ efforts to claim bipartisanship, spend over a trillion dollars, and then ram through their $3.5 trillion liberal wish list of crushing taxes and radical spending.”

As the infrastructure debate is dividing the Republican caucus in the Senate, however, Republican House candidates are having their own nationwide intra-party debate. And nowhere is that debate playing out with higher stakes than between the two candidates vying for the Virginia seat formerly held by Eric Cantor and Dave Brat.

Taylor Keeney, a self-described conservative who once worked for former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and has received his endorsement, recently announced her support for the Democrat legislation that is, in reality, anything but conservative. After initially attempting to withhold her opinion of the package during a recent radio interview, lauding the bill for its “bipartisan” support but refusing to “speculate on votes,” Keeney ultimately admitted—after being pressed—that she supports the bill. “Yes, I would vote for the $1 trillion infrastructure bill,” she said.

Keeney’s primary opponent Tina Ramirez has taken the opposite stance. In an August 11 statement, she lambasted the bill as “Green New Deal initiatives, special interest favors, and other wasteful spending that has nothing to do with infrastructure.” Ramirez continued: “At 2,701 pages, Abigail Spanberger, progressives, & weak-kneed Republicans are embracing the Nancy Pelosi ‘pass it to find out what’s in it’ playbook, and Pelosi has already said that she will use this bill as a Trojan horse to pass trillions more in progressive legislation.”

Calling bipartisan support of the legislation “unacceptable,” Ramirez implored Americans to support only those Republican candidates who “won’t throw their support behind massive spending bills and progressive agendas that they haven’t even read.”

In so doing, Ramirez clearly carved out her stance as the conservative candidate in the primary—and the debate over infrastructure could ultimately prove decisive as to the outcome of that contest. As former President Donald J. Trump wrote in a statement, “It will be very hard for me to endorse anyone foolish enough to vote in favor of this deal.”

Republican leaders like Trump have contempt for the legislation for very good reason – it is a plan for radical social transformation disguised as a plan to build bridges and tunnels. 

The infrastructure bill is especially destructive for Congressional districts like the Virginia 7th, which is largely suburban. As USA Today reported in April, the “infrastructure” plan is the latest front in the Democrat’s total war on suburban zoning: “Biden’s proposal would award grants and tax credits to cities that change zoning laws to bolster more equitable access to affordable housing.”

“A house with a white picket fence and a big backyard for a Fourth of July barbecue may be a staple of the American dream,” the article continued, “but experts and local politicians say multifamily zoning is key to combating climate change, racial injustice and the nation’s growing affordable housing crisis.”

The so-called bipartisan “infrastructure” bill advances the Democrat war on suburban communities like the Virginia 7th in several ways. First, the bill includes a provision outlining a “Housing Coordination Plan” that would allow “a metropolitan planning organization serving a transportation management area” to “develop a housing coordination plan that includes projects and strategies that may be considered in the metropolitan transportation plan of the metropolitan planning organization.” The provision goes on to include hot-button progressive terms like “zoning plans” and “housing development,” which makes clear that the bill would open the door to the long-sought Democrat goal of abolishing single family zoning under the guise of a “transportation plan.”

The “infrastructure” package also includes a pilot program for a mileage tax, which would disproportionately burden suburban and rural drivers. Trump administration EPA official Steve Milloy points out that an “additional by-the-mile tax will penalize suburban and rural drivers because of where they live.”

Ultimately, the language of the “infrastructure bill” and the Democrat’ linked budget reconciliation plan paves the way for the urbanization of the suburbs under the Democrat party’s all-encompassing crusades to fight “climate change” and alleged social injustice.  As President Trump and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson wrote in an August 2020 Wall Street Journal op-ed, the Democrats’ goal is “to remake the suburbs in their image so they resemble the dysfunctional cities they now govern.” The inclusion of vague housing provisions in the Democrats’ multi-trillion dollar spending bills should be clearly understood as part of their longstanding efforts to abolish the suburbs as we know them.

If Taylor Keeney prevails in the GOP primary race, voters will be asked to choose between two candidates, Spanberger and Keeney, who both support the Democrat infrastructure package and its plans for social transformation. Such an outcome could significantly suppress the conservative vote in the district in November 2022—and should Republicans fail to take out Spanberger, one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the House, it will be widely regarded as a huge missed opportunity for the GOP.

The primary campaign in VA-07 is shaping up to be a paradigmatic battle for the soul of the Republican Party going into next year’s midterms. Will the GOP follow the path of President Trump, Ted Cruz, and House candidate Tina Ramirez in opposing left-wing radicalism? Or will the GOP follow the pork-ridden path of Senator Mitch McConnell and the GOP establishment—a path that is accommodating the Democrats in their quest to impose socialist boondoggles on the American people?

Spanberger herself once decried her party’s obsession with “socialism” and far-left policies.  Following the 2020 election, Spanberger famously said, “We need to not ever use the words ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again… because while people think it doesn’t matter, it does matter. And we lost good members because of it.” She then issued a blistering warning to her Democrat colleagues: “If we are classifying Tuesday [the 2020 Election Day] as a success from a Congressional standpoint, we will get [expletive] torn apart in 2022.”

Only a few short months following Spanberger’s words of caution, it now appears she is doing everything in her power to make her own fears come true. Let’s just hope Republican voters don’t fall into the same trap.

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Michael E. Mack
1 month ago

Basic problems are that too many Republicans in congress like their way of life, are not “conservative,” and have forgotten about representing their constituents.

Karen
1 month ago

Most important is freedom, free thinking, etc. I am very disappointed in the GOP and think it should be refurbished. As far as the Green Deal is concerned, it seems that the commies (Dems)j don’t read the write ups on this subject. Notable scientists have said that the global warming is true, but it is normal. Remember the ice age 10 thousand years ago. The world is going thru a natural change.
PS I hope they are right. Yes, the Green Deal is TOO expensive and the Middle Class (if they still exist) will suffer the consequences.

Glee
1 month ago

These RINOs are wearing a different colored robe, but they’re singing in the same choir as the Worst of the Dems. I hope to live to see the GOP establishment uprooted, completely gutted, and so radically changed the DC elites won’t know what hit ‘em! And don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out, RINOs. That might leave your rotten stench behind.

Becky
1 month ago

RINOs are dangerous to America, and they DO NOT have anyones’ welfare in mind beyond their own.
Anyone who could support this bankrupting, completely and irreversibly, of America, is an enemy of America. McConnell and all his Globalist Communist ilk must be buried. Permanently.

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago

Is there somewhere where we can see ALL of Trump’s endorsements? That’s what I’d go on; not the “promise” of someone!

johnh
1 month ago

Do not know where this number came from, but on 700-club this morning there was segment on climate change. One item said AOC agenda NewGreenDeal would cost $93 Trillion.

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago
Reply to  johnh

over a ten-year period. So at 9 trillion a year that would basically TRIPLE the current budget. “The rich” don’t have enough $$ to pay–guess who will get stuck with the bill?

JJ Johnson-Smith
1 month ago

Ramirez would absolutely be MY Choice if I lived in Virginia. RINOS are NO different from Leftists, and in my opinion, they are WORSE. They pretend to be what they are not, and never have been, then stick the knife between the ribs of those who supported them. It is VITAL that all Conservative Voters send a loud message to the Traitors on the Right.

Sara J Grosso
1 month ago

We got one here in Illinois, Congressman Adam Kinzinger. He is such a liar and backs the democrats in everything. His own family put a letter out asking him what has happened to him for him to throw all their values to the wind. And they wanted all of us to know that the family did not back him any longer and not to class them with him. He threw President Trump under the bus just as Mitch McConnell has done.

Tim Toroian
1 month ago

Screw whether it Green Deal or Not, we can’t afford it. Think of these trillions in percentage relationship to the world GDP. 3.5 trillion is more than 3.5% of the world GDP. Soon there will be no money for us to borrow. There are many, many countries whose annual budgets are less than our budget DEFICEITES, most of them.

Rae
1 month ago

“It has become important… every citizen should vote and fight for freedom…I myself…uninterested in politics…have become very involved in elections…being a Christian…I continue to educate myself on right and wrong…I believe in God, Country, and Freedom…have we differentiated between good and evil…this world is only getting us ready for the next…ask yourself…what legacy do you want to leave behind…It’s time America…”Wake Up”…feelings aside…who or what would be Great for the Country?”

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

JBS.org has a list of congress and senate “officials” and how they vote in Constitutional guidelines. Pathetic. All AMAC members need to join JBS and get educated about our Constitution.

PaulE
1 month ago

Well per the two Republican candidates being discussed, the only one that actually seems to represent constitutionally conservative fiscal values is Ramirez from my perspective. The other candidate is your typical RINO masquerading as a fiscal hawk until she gets elected. Then she will “march across the aisle” and vote with the Democrats every chance she gets. We already have enough useless RINOs that keep assisting the Democrats in Congress with undermining our country as it is. We certainly don’t need another. So the choice seems crystal clear to me.

P.S.

The 19 RINOs that voted for the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill also need to be replaced ASAP. Along with several other RINO Senators pretending to be “conservative”. With only about 23 percent of the actual bill dedicated to actual, real infrastructure, what is actually within the bill is a massive, permanent expansion of the social welfare state. Think people and make better choices.

Rik
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hi PaulE, the problem with the typical average person, especially Democrats, is that they have NO Common Sense. Why else do they keep believing the lies of most of these career politicians who are great at making promises that all prove empty of any success. The average C student becomes an average C adult! I have no faith in most people because I judge them by their actions NOT their words. Comrade President Jackass Joe lies every time he opens his mouth and history will show him as the worst President ever!

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

Depends on which side wins this war we’re in, as to how Biden will be portrayed by history. If the left wins, then he will be lionized as the President that finally achieved a true socialist government and the end of the Constitution. Thus ushering in a global socialist order, where individual rights and freedoms no longer exist. If the right should win, if our side ever decides to actually start fighting back before it is too late, then you’re right and Biden will be portrayed as the worst, most destructive President in American history.

As for so-called common sense, that died a long time ago along with critical thinking skills in a large part of the population. Most people just kind of drift through life now and have no real understanding of how all the various events all piece together to form a larger, inter-connected picture. Their attention spans are measured in minutes at best and many are simply like Pavlov’s dog in conditioned response to designated political verbiage. Say “free” to most Democrats and they will vote for whoever says it. Everything else is just noise to them, as they can’t reason beyond their conditioned response.

Last edited 1 month ago by PaulE
Rick
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

As bad as Biden is, Carter will forever be the worst president due to his creation of the Dept of Education. All this indoctrination of our children comes directly from them. He created a cabinet level office for the leftist teachers’ unions. As much as I loved Reagan, he should have dissolved it immediately upon taking office! Now we have millions of little left wing robots trying to destroy America!

Michael E. Mack
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

I’m sure that your final comment has Barack Obama smiling.

Nick Patriot
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Nice thought sir. But please explain to me how that can be achieved with massive mail in voter fraud, rigged machines, blue state governors that encourage hanky panky, etc. And republicans like George Bush, head of the Bush Crime Family, who had plenty negative to say about President Trump but crickets about Comrade Obiden. The 19 RINO’s are actually Commiecrats!!

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

So all you state is quite obvious.
The question is Will voters examine and select the proper representative.
Often times, even conservative voters, do not review the history of candidates.
Hopefully , voters are learning from past mistakes.
The 19 traitors you reference are a perfect example.

BigLooie
1 month ago

I will only vote for T- party candidates or candidates aligned with President Trump, especially in primaries in my state of Texas.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  BigLooie

I am Republican, but I will still vote for the best candidate & not just party lines. Some of the Republican Senators comments on Jan 6th riots are alarming to me —- when they think that group was like a peaceful bunch of tourists. I will not vote for someone that will not call a spade a spade.

James
1 month ago

Democrats stick together. Republicans do not. The Democrats know that and create separation in the Republicans. Our Republicans have great ideas! But never do anything to get them passed. Our country is an absolute mess. I hate to see it this way. I’m afraid we are going to hit rock bottom before we try to fix it. Cancel culture, Race theory, socialism is being taught to our kids and grandkids. It needs to stop! We need to get our kids back into church! So sad that a lot of middle school and high school age kids have never been to church! God please help our country!

Bob
1 month ago

The Vehicle Mileage Tax is an interesting part of the proposed bill. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had assured the American public there would not be a mileage tax, yet here it is.
His rationale, the American public, due to there gas economy of today’s vehicles, are not buying as much gasoline and therefore the Federal Government has lost revenue. Isn’t that a good thing, especially for the the Green New Dealers, cleaner air? Clean air, I guess, is only good for political slogans to insure reelection and improved air quality runs second to Federal funding.
It is believed that in order to insure accurate mileage accountability the Federal Government will use GPS systems to gather the required data for the IRS. Isn’t technology grand? Here is the rub. Do we, the American citizens, want the Federal Government know where we drive every day? Talk about control. Maybe Secretary Buttigieg should read the 4th Amendment.

Nina Rae
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

The Vehicle Mileage tax is especially destructive in western states where it’s not uncommon to have to drive up to 120 miles per day going to

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

How much is Mileage Tax & how will IRS monitor all of us???

J. Farley
1 month ago

We the President, Trump supporters, the heart and soul of the Republican party, need to rid ourselves of the RINO’S among us, if we truly wont to make America Great again. we do not need a Mr. or Ms. nice guy, we need people who will follow the direction of those that sent them to Washington. We need people that will make the Republicans look great again not RINO’S that make the Demonrats look great. The Republicans do not need to help the Democrats destroy America, they are getting that job done just fine all by themselves. Make RINO’S sorry that they ever voted with the Dumpocrats.
God Bless America, make America Great again !!!!!!

Kenneth D.
1 month ago

The National Republican Party sold its soul decades ago to the Democrat Party and Beltway Establishment. Conservatives have come and gone, but the ones who stayed did not remain active as constitutional conservatives. Since 1964, The Congressional incumbent re-election rates have been 82% for the House and 96% for the Senate. If you “play ball with the system”, you are virtually guaranteed re-election both within the party primaries and the general election. Statesmen/women who place allegiance to the Constitution and national interests above those of the Establishment and Party quickly become persona non grata, regardless of their record. Just ask Donald Trump or Dell Miller or Joe Manchin what happens behind closed doors when you act on principle. The national political system has morphed into feudalism on steroids as the GOP is basically functioning as Democrat Lite. Biden and Harris are acting as “Useful idiots” for the globalist elites pulling their strings from the back room.

Larry
1 month ago

It doesn’t matter, too many RINOs, the Republicans worth their salt will blow an opportunity. I served this country over fifty years ago, it’s not the same country. Hard day ahead, I’m afraid. Going the wrong way now.

Jesse Tiede
1 month ago

At this point in time, I could not care less about the current situation of politics in the USA. There is, in my humble opinion, no hope for the American political organization. I am a registered Republican, a fact I am reminded about almost weekly, despite my refusal to give any more money or devote any time to “Republican” issues. This is because I finally started LOOKING at RESULTS, at what was actually being DONE, not what was being promised during campaigns. I found out that no matter which party was in control of the US Government, Republican OR Democrat, there was virtually no progress in so-called Republican goals. Conversely, the Democrat objectives were almost always being passed into law. So, I left the Republican Party in 2008, and subscribed to the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Conservative Party. While I do continue to vote for Republican candidates, on occasion, I also vote for certain Democrat candidates who profess beliefs and standards I subscribe to, as well. Having said that, I believe that the ones to benefit from the political actions of any politician, is that politician, him/ herself. Elected candidates may go to Washington, DC to represent the American Citizens who sent them there, but, for far too many of those elected officials, the only one to benefit is the politician, or, in some cases, the spouse or other family members get rich. So, in my personal, humble opinion, I believe the only recourse we have to survive the business-as-usual political actions of BOTH parties by removing EVERY SINGLE Politician, and starting all over again. Yeah, like THAT would ever happen…

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago
Reply to  Jesse Tiede

I understand your RINO issues. And what we ‘face’ now with the ( D ) is that they are ALL lock-step communists. Yes, even joltin’ Joe “Mansion.” I just wanted Trump to accomplish 5 other things when he first took office. He did none of them. What bothered me in his first day of the oval office was that photo of him being escorted into a conference room by CFR Hanky Kissinger the globalist SUPREME. Was Trump being taken to the ‘woodshed’ on his first day by the “deep snakes” ?

Honey
1 month ago

What are the five things?

PIDL
1 month ago

The CFR is in control. No one in the media ever says anything about them. Even FOX news was having them on their newscasts. Some of us old folks know what the CFR and Trilateral commission are. The Council on Foreign Relations is full of RINOS and Liberals. When i saw them on FOX, I knew they had infiltrated the final MSM outlet and they had taken control.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

But RINOs & DC Estd Republicans HURT Party & we lose

Nina Rae
1 month ago

Time to get rid of those ‘established’ Republicans

Jerry
1 month ago

All RINOS should go, vote them out, drain the Swamp!!!!

Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Jerry

I agree, but a RINO beats a liberal in my book, even though it is close.

Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

Why they allow two Bill’s, just does not make sense!

Charles OConnor
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

I used to think that way. But when Rinos help Speaker Pelosi and Chuck Schumer get massive spending bills passed by standing aside. I am not really sure there is any difference between a rino and a liberal democrat. Lindsay Graham is a perfect example of what I am talking about. He is helping Biden fast track all of judicial appointment through the US Senate.

Vicki
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

Sorry to say you’re a fool – but a Rino IS A LIBERAL!

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago
Reply to  Jerry

Flush the SEWER.

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